Relations With India Stronger Than Ever, Says Maldives Defence Minister
The relationship between the Maldives and India today is "stronger than ever" and New Delhi has been the first and best responder to Malé in all times of need, the island nation's Defence Minister Mariya Didi has said.
In a recorded video message played during a defence conclave here today, Ms Didi also appreciated India's support to the Maldives in all areas of development.
"Today, the relationship between the Maldives and India is stronger than ever. It's not anchored by our shared values, history and perspectives alone. India is and has been our first and best responder in all times of need," she said.
From extending help after the 2004 tsunami disaster to recently assisting in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, India's helping hand was "the most immediate and visible", she added.
In September last year, India provided financial assistance of USD 250 million to the Maldives to help it mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic.
Later, the Maldives thanked India for what it said was the "single-largest financial assistance from a donor during this pandemic".